About Boston Huahua
The cute little Boston Huahua is a great companion dog that brings the sweet disposition of the Boston Terrier together with the inquisitive nature of the Chihuahua for a fun little dog who loves active playtime and one-on-one attention. He is ideally suited for families without young children and other pets – unless he is raised alongside them – and an alert, curious personality makes him a great potential watchdog.
The Boston Huahua brings the sweet disposition of the Boston Terrier together with the inquisitive nature of the Chihuahua.
The Boston Huahua is a Designer Dog that originally came from breeding the pure-bred Chihuahua with a pure-bred Boston Terrier. Today, they can often be the offspring of 2 Boston Huahuas.
The Boston Huahua is not a purebred and therefore is not registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Both parents are members however; the Chihuahua was registered in the “toy” group in 1904 and the Boston Terrier joined this elite group back in 1893 in the “non-sporting” group.
Food / Diet
The Boston Huahua is a small-breed dog that is quite active and requires a top-quality kibble that reflects his size, age and energy level. Because Boston Terriers are known to be “gassy” and Chihuahua’s can be highly sensitive to food additives, you may want to consult with your vet for the best diet brand. Food should always be nutrition-rich and served in small meals spaced throughout the day.
Boston Huahua is ideally suited for families without young children and other pets.
The Boston Huahua is the off-spring of the intelligent Boston Terrier and the often stubborn Chihuahua which means training can be a challenge. Patience will be required with this dog and the earlier obedience and socialization training happens, the better. As with any dog, a consistent, rewards based approach will net you the best results and for first-time dog owners who feel overwhelmed, a professional trainer may be the best route.
Your Boston Huahua is a small dog that will weigh between 10 and 15 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The Boston Huahua can be prone to the cautious nature of the Chihuahua which results in him being always on “patrol”, waiting to alert you to strangers. He is highly loyal and loving to his owner but the temperamental side of the Chihuahua may cause him to become aggressive if he feels he has been provoked by children or other pets. Early socialization is needed to help break him of this habit.
Common Health Problems
Designer dogs have often been carefully bred to avoid the health issues that can plague their pure-bred parents. Potential owners do need to be aware of what their new puppy can inherit and in the case of the Boston Huahua it can include patellar luxation, weepy eye problems, allergies and deafness.
The Boston Huahua has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
Your Boston Terrier is a highly active little dog who needs regular daily exercise but can get by with short walks combined with active playtime. Because of his smaller size, long walks are not necessary but the mental stimulation that comes from physical activity and interaction will help prevent boredom and destructive behaviors. Dog parks are a great idea.
The Boston Huahua is loyal and loving but can pick up the temperamental side of the Chihuahua.
Also known as the Bohuahua, Bochi, Bo-Chi, Boston Chi Parti, Chibo, ChiBo and Chi-Bo, the Boston Huahua is recognized by the the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
The Boston Huahua is considered a minimal shedding dog with a short, thin coat that requires brushing once or twice a week. Because small breeds can be prone to dental disease, brushing his teeth should be an essential part of his grooming regimen.
Boston Huahua puppies are born with a skeletal condition called molera which is an open gap at the top of their skull that closes as they grow into adulthood. This and his tiny size mean he needs to be protected from well-intentioned children who want to play with him. A tendency to patellar luxation when older means you should never over-exert this pup when taking him for walks. Any joint or bone injury can result in serious problems later in life.
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